Open to students from all majors, Webster University’s One-Year MBA is an accelerated master’s degree program. Students who pursue their Master’s in Business Administration through Webster University’s new One-Year Program will gain access career coaching, leadership development and presentation skills.
If you’re thinking about a master’s degree, we invite you to learn more about the Webster One-Year MBA:
- Complete the One-Year MBA Interest Form
- Contact MBA Program Director Dr. Debbie Psihountas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-246-7553
- Attend an Information Session – get details below.
Monday, March 3
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
East Academic Building, room 240
Lunch will be provided.
Tuesday, March 4
4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
East Academic Building, room 240
Refreshments will be served.
* This program is pending approval by the Webster University Graduate Council and Office of the Provost.
Richie Watkins, a junior management major who is also pursuing a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from Webster University’s George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, was one of three students selected to receive a cash prize for his business pitch. A former film major, Watkin’s pitch at the Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference was about his independent video production company, Kohlkins Productions. This company produces films and music videos that have a unique brand of humor, storytelling and visuals.
Each year, this conference connects students with aspiring artists, educators and arts-business professionals to help them learn to become successful entrepreneurs. Participants engage in panel discussions, keynote presentations, mock auditions, and one-on-one mentoring sessions focused on structuring a career, marketing, legal issues, accounting and more.
Dr. Joe Roberts, associate professor and director of Webster University’s entrepreneurship program, described Watkin’s proposal as a good start. ”The judges are good at getting students to think about issues and criteria that are critical to entrepreneurial success,” he said. ”This experience was a great opportunity for Richie to meet other artists and get real-time feedback on his business plan.”
More than 400 students from across the country attended the conference, which is sponsored by the Coleman Foundation, Inc. Visit SEA’s website for additional information.
Meredith McLaughlin, a December 2013 graduate from Webster University, was honored as “Webster University’s Outstanding Undergraduate Marketing Student” at the 53rd Annual Student Marketing Conference. Sponsored by the St. Louis chapter of the American Marketing Association, area universities select one student to represent their school at this conference each year.
McLaughlin earned a double major from Webster University; a bachelor’s degree in Management with an emphasis in Marketing and bachelor’s degree in Dance. In addition, she participated in an internship with Dance St. Louis, was active in several dance concerts and received multiple Dean’s List honors as an undergraduate student at Webster University.
“Meredith is an outstanding student with a proven record of academic excellence,” Professor Dr. David J. Brennan said. ”It’s an honor to be selected for this award, and we wish her all the best in her marketing and dance career.”
The award was presented on Feb. 21 during the 53rd Annual Student Marketing Conference. Walker School faculty members Dr. David J. Brennan, Dr. Eric Rhiney and Dr. Joe Roberts attended the conference along with McLaughlin and several seniors from Webster University.
Undergraduate, graduate and non-degree seeking students are invited to enroll in the Walker School’s new one credit hour course,SPICE’ing Up Business Strategy with Chess (MNGT 3100 / MNGT 5500 – section 04). Presented by Grandmaster Susan Polgar and Professor of Strategy Doug O’Bannon, this seminar focuses on the key points of successful strategic thinking.
By applying strategic thinking, as in the game of chess, you may become a better business student, business leader, manager or employee. Through chess and business concepts of movement and counter-movement, you’ll gain business insight into competition and learn how to set up your best chance of “winning the game.”
This two-day seminar will be held:
Friday, April 11 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
SPICE’ing Up Business Strategy with Chess is open to undergraduate, graduate and non-degree seeking students. Follow the instructions below to register for this course.
Undergraduate and Graduate Students: To register for this one credit hour course, visit the Connections website (under the student tab, “Student Academic Services” Channel). Space is limited, so register early for MNGT 3100 / MNGT 5500.
Non-Degree Seeking Students: The cost for non-degree seeking students to enroll in this two-day seminar is $150. Non-degree seeking students will earn a Dean’s Certificate of Completion at the conclusion of this seminar. To register for SPICE’ing Up Business Strategy with Chess, please complete the Non-Degree Seeking Student Form. A representative from the Walker School of Business & Technology will contact you for additional information upon the submission of this form.
For questions about this seminar, contact the Walker School at 314-246-5951 or email email@example.com.
Is innovation an endangered species in your organization? According to authors Watts Wacker and Ryan Mathews, it better not be! In their book, The Deviant’s Advantage, the pair says innovation begins with a deviant idea in the mind of a person who marches to the beat of a different drummer. The result is originality, which is the key to business survival.
The Deviant’s Advantage was born after authors Wacker and Mathews realized all originality in business is a deviance. It happens when someone operating outside of the norm becomes a force for renovation that can move those ‘left of center’ ideas into the middle of a mass market. Take for example a little known company like Microsoft beating out IBM at personal computing. When the latter didn’t grasp why anyone would need a portable computer and instead set their focus on mainframes, Microsoft was safe in commercializing user interfaces used around the world today.
In this book, the authors outline a five step framework for innovation. Fringe is where everything is very basic and very wild. With time, innovation moves to the Edge where its idea can gain a cult following. Tamed ideas soon attract an audience that propels it to the Realm of the Cool, and with broader acceptance to The Next Big Thing. Here desire is high and innovation is one small step from the mainstream or Social Convention.
Old and new innovators have followed the authors’ framework, making huge fortunes along the way. Take for example Sam Walton’s deviance. Walton went against the retail norm and untapped a market of lower-income shoppers in small towns that other predictable thinkers missed. These customers wanted the niceties of a middle-class life at a price they could afford. Sam Walton delivered and the rest of the story is history.
So, how do you do it? Mathews and Wacker suggest that you begin by actively engaging your employees, staying open to new ideas, getting out of your comfort zone and exploring all of life’s possibilities. “If you want to be ahead of the curve of change,” founding editor of Fast Company Alan Webber writes, “you’ve got to spend time on the fringes of society.” So embrace deviants. Companies that will own the future are the ones that are continuously challenging their own sense of convention and creating the future they wish to pursue.
The Federal Trade Commission estimates that as many as 9 million Americans experience some form of identity theft each year. In response to this ever-increasing problem, Al Marcella, Ph.D., professor of management for the Walker School, joins a panel of security experts who discuss identify theft in the Card Hub article, “Identity Theft: What is it, How it Happens & the Best Protection.”
In the article, Dr. Marcella warns that, “Consumers should expect to see continued aggressive and persistent attacks on their personally identifiable information (PII) and the systems which store and process these data.” From going through your trash and your mail to phishing email scams and more, criminals have several ways to gain access to victims’ personal information.
Despite the harsh reality consumers face regarding identity theft, Dr. Marcella offers his advice on the issue. “In the long run, the best approach to mitigating identity theft is through ongoing, proactive training,” he says. Some suggestions he offers consumers range from regularly viewing their purchases and financial statements to engaging in conversations with children and seniors on the dangers and risks of disclosing personal information. At the end of the day, Dr. Marcella wants consumers to, “Trust but, verify!!”
Read the article on Card Hub for more insights on identity theft.
On Feb. 19, the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology welcomed more than 50 high school students and their teachers and parents to Webster University for the American Mathematics Competition (AMC 10/12). Organized by Larry Granda, Ph.D., associate professor for math, the AMC 10/12 are 75-minute exams.
“This contest challenges students mathematically as they exercise their problem-solving skills,” Dr. Granda explained. ”Not only do students get to have fun doing some math, but this event exposes students to Webster University’s math program.”
Each year, more than 350,000 students nationwide participate in AMC Contests. High school students who perform exceptionally well on the AMC 10/12 are invited to continue participating in a series of examinations that culminate with their participation in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), the most prestigious and difficult secondary mathematics examination in the world.
Find out more about Webster University’s math program.
Webster University students interested in careers in marketing and management are invited to attend Industry Insight Night on Thursday, Feb. 27. This event will be held from 4-6 p.m. at the East Academic Building Edward Jones Commons, 545 Garden Avenue in St. Louis.
Sponsored by Walker EDGE, this event is the perfect opportunity for you to get career advice from industry professionals and learn about internships and jobs. Representatives invited to attend include: Enterprise, Ascension – The Resource Group , Mercy, World Trade Center, Graybar, Scottrade, Federal Reserve and more.
Professional dress is required. Students are encouraged to bring copies of their resumes. Appetizers will be served.
RSVP to attend this event. Don’t miss out!
In the February edition of Small Business Monthly, Dr. Barrett Baebler, department chair and associate professor of entrepreneurship at the Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University, is featured along with five others for his contributions to entrepreneurial education. While editor Julia Paulus Ogilvie notes that entrepreneurial education was an afterthought 20 years ago, it’s not the case today because of educators like Baebler who are inspiring others to start business and are teaching entrepreneurship skills.
In the article, Baebler shares his path from working at a small business to earning his Master’s in Finance and eventually completing his Doctor of Management, both at Webster University. “I saw many individuals who had some great ideas and wanted to take the entrepreneurial plunge, however, they did not know where to begin,” he says. As a faculty member at Webster University, Baebler has developed academic programs to help students and entrepreneurs turn their dreams into reality. “We teach entrepreneurship within the majors and interests of our students,” he says. With students from more than 44 different majors taking courses in Webster’s entrepreneurship program, Baebler explains his approach for working with students. “I ask my students, ‘What’s your dream?’ Then I say, ‘Ok, that’s what I will help you with.’”
With improved collaboration between universities to help promote entrepreneurship activities and community partnerships, Baebler is optimistic for the future. “While bio and technology are very important to our region, there are other entrepreneurial ventures occurring locally,” he says. “I hope to see the St. Louis region become a destination for entrepreneurship and not a region where someone use to live or went to school before relocating.”
“It’s always refreshing when one of our own is recognized for his good work in and out of the classroom,” Benjamin Ola. Akande, dean of the Walker School, says. ”We celebrate the accomplishment of Barrett Baebler as recognized by St. Louis Small Business Monthly.”
Read the article to find out more. Congratulations, Dr. Baebler!
By Dean Benjamin Ola. Akande, Ph.D.
In 2012, the iconic black and white Oreo cookie celebrated its centennial. More than one hundred years have passed since the chocolate wafer sandwich first went on sale in the U.S., and this favorite treat is now beloved around the world with $2 billion in global sales. China, the world’s most populous country, is second only to the U.S. in Oreo cookie consumption. But, if you’ve traveled to the Far East, you’ll find the cookie you dunk in Shanghai is nothing like the one you savor in St. Louis. In fact, the first Oreos sold in China crumbled. Consumers in a country not hooked on desserts thought the treat was too big and too sweet. So Kraft went back to the kitchen and came up with a culturally conscious cookie that sells and satisfies. Kraft got it. As a global business, they understood that diversity can drive and dictate the market.
At Webster University, diversity is the tie that binds our institution. As a center of higher learning, we consider it our job to bring people together to achieve things they could never accomplish on their own. Our students and faculty represent 129 countries, and our programs mirror the world in which we live, work and play. We call it “inclusive excellence,” and it means our ability to draw from our generational and cultural strengths. We consider this to be our competitive advantage.
I define competitive advantage as what you do that no one else could do even if they tried. You gain it through the ability to bring different perspectives and people together. That’s what we do at the Walker School of Business & Technology. As an extension of Webster University, we create the environment and provide the knowledge base that enables people to flourish in a world of uncertainty. By celebrating them, we are making a true investment in the continued power of diversity.
In celebration of Black History Month, let’s raise a glass (of milk) to the unique strength that collective and diverse minds bring to our world, and dunk some Oreos just for good measure.